United States military officials announced Thursday that flights in Djibouti have been grounded until further notice after two separate aviation accidents this week.
Further details were stated in a news release shared to the US Naval Forces Central Command website.
The response comes after the Tuesday aviation crashes occurred hours within hours of one another in Djibouti.
‘First, an AV-8B Harrier from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) crashed at Djibouti Ambouli International Airport at approximately 4:10 p.m. local time,’ the military’s statement said.
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‘The pilot ejected and was evaluated and released by the expeditionary medical facility at Camp Lemonnier.’
The second, ‘a Marine CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter from the 26th MEU suffered structural damage during a landing at an approved exercise landing zone at Arta Beach, Djibouti, at approximately 6:40 p.m. local time.
‘The aircrew were not injured during the landing and the helicopter has remained at the landing site pending additional assessment.’
A Google Maps aerial image shows Camp Lemonnier, located on the south-west side of Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport in Africa
Aside from the grounded flights, the Alligator Dagger training exercise has also been cancelled.
Officials confirmed they are currently investigating the two incidents.
‘Routine operations for other units assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command are unaffected by this cancellation, and U.S. Naval personnel continue to conduct maritime security operations throughout the region,’ the statement said, in conclusion.
Camp Lemonnier, located on the south-west side of the Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport, is the single permanent US military base in Africa.